American Imperialism on Trial

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Port Jefferson Middle School eighth-graders took their classroom lessons to another level when they teamed up to create a mock trial about American Imperialism. After learning about the political, economic and cultural influences of the country, the students in Kayleen Everitt’s and Dr. Tara Sladek-Maharg’s English and social studies classes, respectively, represented the prosecution against Imperialism and spoke as witnesses to the trial as representatives of Latin America. The English class served as the jury and gallery. While the jury deliberated at the end and decided the trial, the gallery’s role was to evaluate each representing side’s use of the ethical strategies of ethos, pathos and logos.